Skagen, Denmark cruises
Skagen port guide
Nestled at the northernmost tip of Denmark, stepping into the port of Skagen is like stepping into a postcard of picturesque Danish history and cultural beauty. A haven for all manner of folk throughout the centuries, from fishermen to royalty, the allure of this wild, untamed landscape peppered with quaint yellow houses, white picket fences and neatly cobbled streets is hard to ignore.
Discover a land where the Baltic Sea and North Sea meet, where artists gather to pull inspiration from the spectacular light and color of the region, where fresh, delicious seafood is in no short supply, and where fascinating history is embedded within traditional Scandinavian culture.
Top landmarks and sights in Skagen
How often do you get the opportunity to witness two seas colliding? Venture to Grenen, a short way to the north of Skagen. There, a tractor driven ‘Sandormen’ bus will transport you to the Jutland Peninsula – the uppermost point of the entire European content. Here, the waters of the North and Baltic seas meet. If you’re feeling brave, why not dip your toes in the refreshing, icy waves of two seas simultaneously?
Just beyond the borders of the town you’ll come face to face with the largest moving sand dunes in Northern Europe. Sprawling across approximately two square kilometers, the Råbjerg Mile is a remarkable sight to behold. Within the dunes, you may spot the Buried Church, also known as the Old Skagen Church or Sand Covered Church. Dating back to the 14th century, this church was slowly flooded by sand and closed by royal decree in 1795.
Built in 1858, the Grey Lighthouse represents an enduring beacon guiding ships along the Danish coast. Functioning as an active lighthouse to this day, this 46-meter-high structure is set against the backdrop of the town's serene atmosphere, illuminating the surrounding seas while offering visitors a glimpse into Denmark's seafaring heritage. The lighthouse also doubles as a center for migratory birds, housing an interactive exhibition and bird observatory.
Once home to the famous Skagen painters Anna and Michael Ancher, this beautifully preserved home is a testament to both artists life and work. An eye-catching, red-bricked exterior beckons you in, where the family lived with their daughter, Helga until Anna’s death in 1935. Now, the home showcases over 250 stunning works of art that capture the magnificent beauty of the local area.
Things to do in Skagen
Explore the town
A tranquil, cosy coastal town, Skagen is a beautiful place to spend a leisurely afternoon, strolling through its cobblestone streets. Home to a bustling community, you’ll fall in love with the yellow-colored houses, boarded with white picket fences and white-edged roof tiles. Grab a delicious ice cream as you soak up the warm glow of the Danish sun and watch the boats gently bobbing as you meander along the scenic harborfront.
Discover Danish art
Over the years, Skagen has proved to be a hotspot for artists from across the globe, inspired by the wild nature that surrounds it. In the Skagen Museum, you can discover works from the likes of Anna and Michael Ancher, as well as P.S. Krøyer who settled on the island at the end of the 19th century to capture masterpieces of the breathtaking local landscape.
Go back in time at the Skagen Bunker Museum
Journey to the past as you explore the Skagen Bunker Museum. Housed within an authentic Regelbau 638 type bunker, you can uncover the fascinating war-time history of the town. The bunker itself was once used by the Germans as an infirmary during the Second World War. Today, it houses all manner of artefacts including weapons and uniforms, as well as showcasing a replica operation room.
Experience the local wildlife
Skagen's rich and diverse ecosystem harbors a tapestry of local wildlife that thrives around the unique coastal environment. Grab your binoculars and head towards the beaches shouldering Skagen. There, you can expect to see seabirds such as gulls, terns, and cormorants, while migratory birds find sanctuary in the marshlands and dunes. If you’re lucky, you might see grey seals basking in the sun along the shoreline, while out at sea porpoises, whales and dolphins are sometimes spotted.
Cunard Shore Experience
Immerse yourself in the beauty and majesty of Skagen on a Cunard Shore Experience Discover the hidden gems of this picturesque town on a Skagen Walking Tour, or enjoy a relaxing trip through the winding cobbled streets as you sample the highlights of Skagen by bicycle.
Other Skagen shore experiences from Cunard include The Top of Denmark and Panoramic Skagen.
Eating and drinking in Skagen
Traditional Danish flavors mix elegantly with delicious coastal delights, making for an exciting and moreish culinary scene.
Along the harborside, the Old Fish Warehouse restaurants stand as a testament to Skagen's fishing heritage, serving up fresh catches by the water’s edge. Expect to see delicacies like salmon, herring and plaice with menus changing to match the seasons. For those seeking street eats, the Pølsevogn hot dog stands dotting the town serve up a quintessential Danish favorite, the 'rød pølse' red hot dog, while markets like Torvehallerne offer all manner of traditional Danish treats, pastries and fresh produce.
Shopping in Skagen
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy at Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, showcasing designer boutiques, international brands, and local crafts. You’ll also find an abundance of art galleries and handicraft shops dotted around the town, offering traditional Danish jewellery, clothing and souvenirs.
Getting around, Skagen transport
There is no public transport system in operation in Skagen, however, the town is very easy and pleasant to navigate on foot and perfect for a leisurely stroll. The cruise port is close to the town center and complimentary shuttle buses are on hand to ferry guests to and from the ship into town.
Bicycles are a convenient way to explore the town, with several rental outlets within walking distance of the port.
Taxis are available but can be scarce in Skagen. It’s advisable to book a taxi through a local operator should you need one. If you’re venturing outside of Skagen, the number 99 bus, Skagerakkeren, runs from the tip of Grenen along the northwest coast, stopping at Skagen among other locations including Råbjerg Mile.
Skagen port facilities
The port of Skagen is a bustling commercial harbor and the largest fishing port in Denmark. A modern reception facility houses a tourist information center, lounge and showroom, with access to toilets and free Wi-Fi.
Skagen quick tips
In Skagen, the currency used is the Danish Krone (DKK). Tipping is not compulsory, and you’ll often find many establishments include a service charge at the end of your meal, however, if exceptional service is provided or if you feel inclined to tip, rounding up the bill or leaving a small amount is always appreciated. Tipping taxi drivers or service staff in cafes and bars isn't expected, but it's always welcomed as a gesture of gratitude for outstanding service.
Skagen experiences a sub-oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Located at the northernmost tip of Denmark, you’ll often encounter breezy days so it’s advisable to layer up, even in summer.
The most popular time to visit Skagen is in the summer months between June and August when the temperature sits around 15-16 °C during the day. The winter months, while mild for the location, can be wet and chilly, with average daytime temperatures of around 1-4 °C.